Approved Permits - APs
Approved Permits, generally known as 'AP' is a mechanism to control imported cars,
it was gazetted based on the Malaysian Customs Act 1967, meant to protect the
National Car - Proton. Which was established in year 1983, initiated by the
former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.
There are two types of APs issued by the Ministry Of International Trade
and Industry - MITI:
1) Franchise APs that are given out for free to franchise holders of car
brands registered with MITI.
2) Open APs that are sold to parallel importers at RM10,000 per piece to
import cars of any brand to sell in Malaysian market.
The total number of APs issued each year is capped at 10 per cent of the
number of local-assembled cars in the preceding year.
- 60 per cent of APs are given to Bumiputera Open AP holders
- 40 per cent are given to franchise holders
But, the prevalence of parallel-imported vehicles in this country, and the opaque
manner in which Open APs are given, not only concerns to the franchise
holders, it is also contradiction with NAP - the National Automotive
Policy. Which was drafted to enhance Malaysian Industry to the next level.
NAP has been implemented since 2006, in the interest of Proton, Produa and other
Malaysian Produced Cars. Under the NAP, imported cars are subject to varying
degrees of import duties depending on the origin of manufacture and engine
Cars imported from the ASEAN member countries such as Thailand and Indonesia are
subject to the least import duties, whereas those from other regions such as
Europe and America are paying higher.
The import duties of the NAP have been progressively revised and reduced in line with the
eventual liberation of the market.
Open APs were supposed to have been abolished by 2010.
Nontheless, NAP in 2009 stated that
"Malaysia is committed in its obligation under ASEAN and WTO. Therefore, the NAP
Review has also taken into consideration Malaysia's commitments under both
ASEAN and WTO. Malaysia will continue to implement its commitments under FTAs
on the removal and reduction of import duties for automotive
"In line with Malaysia's international commitments, the AP system will be
terminated as follows:
- Open AP for used vehicles (commercial, passenger and motorcycles) to be
terminated by 31 December 2015
- Franchise AP to be terminated by 31 December 2020."
The commitment given in 2006 NAP implementation was actually withdrawn and the
abolishment of Open AP was pushed to 2015.
However, individual such as expatriates and Malaysian worked or studied overseas
for more than one year are allowed apply for AP in order to import their car for personal use. But, application
must be forwarded to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for the JK69 form to be endorsed.
For expatriates, the following documents shall be
- 1. A letter of application addressed to MITI for the importing of a car from your home country to Malaysia.
- A JK69 form must be purchased and duly completed.
- Documentation indicating proof of ownership for minimum 3 years. (Typically
this will be a purchase receipt or transfer of ownership/letter from the previous owner if the car was
- The original and photocopied registration.
- The cars original insurance documents and/or a letter from the insurance
- Work permit and letter of contract from employer in Malaysia.
- A photcopy of passport.
Upon submission of the documents to the MITI officer in charge, it will be a short
Whereas, for Malaysian citizen who worked or studied overseas for
at least one year:
It is required to purchase Form JK69 and get endorsed by MITI.
individuals eligible to bring in vehicle for personal use are as follows:
i. Malaysians studying overseas (at least diploma level) for more than a
year and returning home permanently. Accompanying spouse is not eligible.
ii. Malaysians working legally on a permanent post overseas (at least a
year) and returning home permanently. Accompanying spouse is not eligible.
iii. Government officials posted overseas for more than a year. Accompanying spouse
is eligible for one AP.
iv. Expatriates with valid working pass/permit. The importation of the
personal vehicle is subject to re-export condition upon termination of work
employment in Malaysia.
v. Participants of Malaysia My Second Home Programme (MM2H).
vi. Malaysians specialists returning home under the Ministry of Human Resource
Form JK69, is in a set
of carbonised copy, cannot be downloaded from internet.
The form is available at:
Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Berhad
Jalan Chan Sow Lin
50554 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03-92212022
Fax : 03-92220690
MITI Office and contacts:
i) Trade Services Division
Ministry of International Trade and Industry
2nd Floor, Block 10 Government Offices Complex
50622 Jalan Duta
Tel: +603-8000 8000
Fax: +603-6201 2337
ii) MITI Cawangan Sabah
Tingkat 3, blok D
88622 Kota Kinabalu
Fax : +6088-235645
iii) MITI Cawangan Sarawak
Tingkat 3, Bangunan Bank Negara
93400 Kuching Sarawak
Tel : +6082-257164
Fax : +6082-417835